Have you ever heard about LifeGroups during a Life.Church service, in the lobby, or on social media and wondered to yourself, “What exactly is a LifeGroup, and why should I be in one?” Hang with us here, and hopefully this post will answer that question and others you may have, as well as give you tips on how to find friends.
What exactly is a LifeGroup?
LifeGroups are the friends you grow, laugh, and serve with. A LifeGroup leader determines how often their group meets and what the focus of the group is. LifeGroups gather in people’s homes, coffee shops, and other places where people love to hang out together—including online.
Why should I be in a LifeGroup?
First, we weren’t created to go through life alone.
- Proverbs, which is known as one of the wisdom books in the Bible, instructs us to get advice from others and walk through life with wise people so we can sharpen each other.
- Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament, said in 1 Thessalonians to build each other up.
- Romans, another letter Paul wrote, encourages us to rejoice with each other in the good times and weep with each other in the bad times.
- Paul wrote in Galatians that we should share each other’s burdens.
- James guides us to confess our sins to each other so we can be healed.
- Hebrews urges us to not neglect meeting together.
- Jesus promises us in Matthew that when we gather, He’s there among us.
Second, your LifeGroup will be there to celebrate your happiest moments and support you through your toughest seasons. Joining a LifeGroup positions these friends in your life now so they’re there when life happens.
Finally, you have a calling to speak truth and encouragement into others. God will use your LifeGroup to impact you, but He’ll also use you to impact your LifeGroup!
But wait, I already have a group of friends that I regularly meet with. Are we a LifeGroup?
Great! You’re a step ahead of the game. One way you can be even more intentional with your friend group is by transitioning it to become an official LifeGroup. This way, you’ll receive support, encouragement, leadership development, and ideas from your LifeGroups/LifeMissions team. By bringing just a little more intentionality to your group, you can all grow closer to God and closer together. Win-win!
How do I join a LifeGroup?
First, give yourself a high five for taking the step to join a LifeGroup.
Here are several easy ways to get connected:
- Visit the Info Wall at any of our locations and talk to the staff or volunteers there.
- Find a LifeGroup near you using our online LifeGroups search tool.
- Talk to someone you know who leads a LifeGroup and ask if their group is open to new members.
- If you attend Church Online or don’t live near a Life.Church location, check out our list of online and international LifeGroups.
What do you actually do in a LifeGroup?
Every LifeGroup is unique, so they each structure their groups differently. Some discuss the weekend message or go through Bible studies, some complete Bible Plans in the YouVersion Bible App together, some serve together in the community, and some play board games or skateboard once a month. Two things you’ll find in every LifeGroup, though, are relationships and conversations that help people grow spiritually and personally.
Is it okay to “shop around” for a LifeGroup?
Absolutely! It’s definitely understandable to want to find people you feel comfortable opening up to and developing friendships with. That being said, if you’ve joined a LifeGroup and aren’t sure if it’s the right fit for you, don’t give up. Keep in mind that there’s no such thing as a perfect LifeGroup because there are no perfect people. Remember to have grace and patience during the process. If it’s clear that this group isn’t the best fit for you, though, give another group a try.
Is it awkward (or dangerous) to show up at a stranger’s house and talk about my life?
Let’s be real. It can be a little awkward to meet any new group of people. Here’s what we can promise, though: If you’ll make a conscious decision to embrace the initial awkwardness and keep showing up, something amazing will happen. Over time, your LifeGroup will start to feel less like strangers and more like people you’ve known your whole life. Yes, it’s a place you can find friends! Push through those little moments of weirdness as you get to know each other. It’s always worth it!
Also, rest assured that every LifeGroup leader goes through a background check and onboarding process. We’re committed to identifying solid leaders and creating a safe environment for anyone who joins a LifeGroup.
What do I do with my kids while I’m at LifeGroup?
Different groups navigate this different ways. Some take turns paying for a babysitter or all pitch in together to hire one. Others have the kids watch a movie or Bible App for Kids video while the adults meet. Some even include the kids in everything they do as a group. If you need to join a group with childcare options, talk with your LifeGroups/LifeMissions team and they can recommend some great options near you.
What if there’s not a LifeGroup for what I’m looking for?
This might be a sign that God is calling you to start a group! If God’s placed a certain passion or calling within you, He might want you to take a step of faith and launch a LifeGroup around it. You won’t have to do this alone, though. Your LifeGroups/LifeMissions team is here to support you every step of the way.
What if I have any other questions about LifeGroups?
We’re here to help! If you attend a Life.Church location, connect with the LifeGroups/LifeMissions team or talk with a volunteer at the Info Wall on the weekend. If you attend Church Online or don’t live near a physical location, contact our Church Online LifeGroups Pastor, Ryan Sharp.
Wherever you live and however your life is going right now, I hope you’ll know and embrace this truth: God created you to live in community. Life is better together!